Myerson has been at Microsoft for more than two decades, and his responsibilities had grown significantly through several reorganizations since 2013.
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Myerson, a 21-year Microsoft veteran, led the Windows and Devices Group as executive vice president through the launch of Windows 10 and the rollout of Surface devices including a new push by the company into computer hardware. The idea will be to instill a "unifying product ethos" across end-user experiences and devices.
"Computing experiences are evolving to include multiple senses and are no longer bound to one device at a time but increasingly spanning many as we move from home to work and on the go", Nadella explained in his email. Joe Belfiore will continue to lead the Windows group, while Panos Panay will take on the role of chief product officer for Devices. Scott Guthrie who now head the Cloud division will lead this second engineering group focused on cloud and AI technology including Azure. Kudo Tsunoda and Brad Anderson will support New Experiences and Technology and Enterprise Mobility and Management. Azure division will be led by Jason Zander, who has been promoted to Executive VP.
This has pushed Microsoft to focus on the internet cloud, artificial intelligence, and services for connected "internet of things" devices. Other parts are moving to Scott Guthrie's 'Cloud + AI' group.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has no easy task steering the company well past the era of its personal computing dominance, through the current cloud and mobile-oriented period and into the AI and possibly VR driven future. Now with 15 million members, you continue to make our product and our team better each and every day. Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices will all fall under the team's purview. Harry Shum, executive vice president of AI & Research, will continue to head up that somewhat streamlined organization, which Microsoft created in 2016.